DTEK Energy group and its lenders have entered into override agreement to effect restructuring of bank debt
The DTEK Energy B.V. group (the “Group”) has entered into an override agreement which governs the long-term restructuring of the Group’s bank debt (the “Override Agreement”) with a vast majority of its existing lenders (the “Bank Lenders”). Execution of the Override Agreement is a crucial step for the Group in the long-term restructuring of its debt. It will enable the Group to meet its debt service obligations and continue developing its operations.
Following consensual negotiations between the Group and its Bank Lenders, the restructuring proposal of the Group with respect to bank debt has now been implemented pursuant to the override agreement which has become effective today. The Override Agreement overrides and amends the terms of the vast majority of the Group’s facilities (the “Overridden Facilities”). In particular it extends the maturity of the Overridden Facilities to 30 June 2023.
The Override Agreement follows the long-term restructuring of notes issued by DTEK Finance plc (“DTEK Finance”), by which DTEK Finance’s existing notes were exchanged into new notes with an extended maturity of 31 December 2024 (the “New Notes”) pursuant to a scheme of arrangement sanctioned by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales in December 2016, as well as the launch of an exchange offer in December 2016 pursuant to which 98% of the Bank Lenders by value bound themselves to the restructuring heads of terms proposed by the Group. With the entry of the Group into the override agreement, the heads of terms have now in large part been implemented.
Key terms of the override agreement are as follows:
- Principal indebtedness will be repaid as follows: US$ 60 million in 2017, US$ 40 million in 2018, US$ 80 million in 2019, US$ 80 million in 2020, US$ 80 million in 2021, US$ 80 million in 2022 and all remaining outstanding debt and accrued PIK in 2023.
- The interest rate on each Overridden Facility is the aggregate of 5% p.a. and EURIBOR/LIBOR as applicable, with cash interest to be paid monthly as follows: 51% of the interest accrued in 2017 and 2018, 60% of the interest accrued in 2019, 70% of the interest accrued in 2020, 79% of the interest accrued in 2021, 88% of the interest accrued in 2022 and 100% of the interest accrued in 2023. The remainder of the interest accrued shall be PIK and shall be capitalised and added to the principal indebtedness.
- A quarterly cash sweep to repay/prepay the principal indebtedness.
- Voluntary prepayments can be made at any time on a pro rata basis, with break costs applicable in certain circumstances.
Maxim Timchenko, CEO of DTEK, said: “First of all we would like to thank our creditors for their understanding and support during the debt restructuring process. The key objectives of the restructuring process were to strike a fair balance between the interests of all DTEK stakeholders: customers, employees and creditors.
In particular, we wanted to ensure that the terms of the debt restructuring preserve DTEK's continuing ability to provide reliable, high-quality energy services to the millions of families and corporate and institutional customers that depend on it. Equally, another main objective in the debt restructuring negotiations was to protect the interests of company's employees who throughout the past difficult times demonstrated their professionalism and dedication.
The need to restructure DTEK's debt arose from geo-political and macro-economic circumstances that were entirely outside of the company's control or doing. Despite this, a central guiding principle set by the company's shareholders and management has been the repayment in full of the debt DTEK owes and the fair and equitable treatment of creditor classes.
We believe that this agreement that has been reached with our creditors achieves each and all of these objectives. We also believe that it has restored the confidence of capital markets in DTEK's enduring financial strength and its ability to return to these markets in due course for raising investment capital to further improve the quality of our services and the efficiency of our operations.
We look with confidence to the future. Not only are there encouraging signs that Ukraine's economy is turning around. Also, the Government has embarked on a bold process of energy sector reform that, we believe, will instill efficiency and competition and ultimately benefit the consumers and population at large. DTEK embraces the promise of a greener, more efficient and consumer-orientated energy sector that these reforms entail. We are intent to seize the opportunities that the transition to a modern energy industry will provide».
The Group was advised by Latham & Watkins, the Group’s legal advisers, and Rothschild, the Group’s financial advisers.
For more information, please contact:
IR Manager, DTEK
Tel.: +38 (044) 581 45 22
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